Nottingham expected to fall short of housing target by 6,000 homes

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Nottingham is expected to fall short of Government housing targets by more than 6,000 homes.

A new housing strategy, called the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, is being drawn up by a number of councils in a bid to meet future need.

The plan will cover the total area of Broxtowe Council, Gedling Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Council, which have all agreed to work together for a consistent approach.

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The Government uses something known as the ‘standard method’ to assess local housing need, taking into account expected household growth and historic under-supply.

Nottingham City Council is likely to fall 6,000 homes short of its housing targets. Photo: Getty ImagesNottingham City Council is likely to fall 6,000 homes short of its housing targets. Photo: Getty Images
Nottingham City Council is likely to fall 6,000 homes short of its housing targets. Photo: Getty Images

However, because Nottingham is one of the largest urban local councils in the country, the standard method applies an arbitrary 35 per cent increase to its housing need.

This means Nottingham city’s target is 32,868 homes, but the council says it can only provide 26,685 homes.

The shortfall of more than 6,000 has been put down to tight city boundaries and a lack of willingness from the neighbouring boroughs to take on extra demand due to green belt concerns.

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According to the plan the housing need for ‘Greater Nottingham’ as a whole, including Broxtowe, Gedling, the city and Rushcliffe, is 52,710 homes.

The issue was discussed during a city council housing scrutiny committee meeting on April 15.

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Matt Gregory, head of planning strategy and geographic iInformation, said: “For areas like Leeds, which is essentially a city region within the local authority boundaries, it is relatively easy to provide 30 per cent uplift.

“For Nottingham city, which is tightly boundary, it is much, much more difficult.

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"Although we looked at this very closely we don’t think we can meet the entirety of the 30 per cent uplift in the city.

“You might wonder whether the districts would pick that need up for us?

"However, they are arguing that because most of their authority areas, if not all, are on the green belt so that makes it sensitive and they are struggling to provide for their own needs.”

In Nottingham, some of the main sites include the Boots site, where development has commenced for 600 homes, 207 within Nottinghamand the remainder within Broxtowe and Stanton Tip where 500 homes are proposed.

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There are also plans for 1,000 homes in the wider Greater Broadmarsh area.

Coun Kevin Clark, leader of the Nottingham Independents and Independent Group, asked: “These numbers in the Broadmarsh, do these include students?”

Sajeeda Rose, corporate director for growth and city development, said: “At this stage it is looking at numbers without breaking down what those numbers are.

“At this moment we have not said what that thousand consists of.”

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Mr Gregory said he was ‘reasonably confident’ the expected housing delivery in Nottingham would be deemed acceptable.

However he said he cannot be 100 per cent confident.

He said: “(The Government inspector) can demand we go back and look at our housing supply, our density assumptions, the height of buildings that we think are appropriate, and see whether we could meet shortfall internally within the city.

“Alternatively the inspector could say to the districts ‘you’ve got to provide this need within your area’.

"If that scenario were to happen, we would be in some quite difficult political territory.”

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